Redwood Hill Gardens: A Magical Place for Fairy Tale Weddings

Roise, half of the husband and wife team, with me after the ceremony.

Looking for a great outdoor wedding location? Check out the lovely Redwood Hill Gardens!

It’s an amazing place to have a wedding. It is run by a seasoned husband and wife team, Pat and Rosie. They are as charming as the venue and made everyone feel right at home. They do about 8 weddings a year, making this place pretty hard to book. But, if you are one lucky couples who gets to have your wedding on the premises, you will not regret it and your guests won’t forget it!

I hope Officially Hitched will bring me back soon!

Grace, Vineet, and I at Redwood Hill Gardens, after they had been Officially Hitched.

Redwood Hill Gardens is in Sebastopol, California in Sonoma County. It’s a town I’d never heard of until a few weeks ago. A couple that I had the privilege to marry, Vineet and Grace, had their ceremony here. As a transplant to the bay area, I had no idea what Sebastopol was or where it was — just a little dot on my Google map.

I drove up from the city. The drive took about two hours, despite the fact that Google maps said it would only take an hour and a half. You see Sebastopol is located in wine country and on the weekends people are heading up there to wine tastings. The highway can get pretty backed up. So that’s one thing to keep in mind: tell your guests to plan extra time to arrive. Traffic notwithstanding, it’s pretty amazing that in just 2 hours you’ve left the city behind and are transported to the country!

Redwood Hill Gardens feels magical. Around every corner there is some delight just waiting.

The area set up for the wedding. As well as a zen garden and a bridge over still waters.

A swing set here. A fish pond there. A zen garden. Though the grounds aren’t sprawling, they spread over different elevations, creating winding paths and an ability to feel close while also separate.

Two views of the poolside cocktail hour.

The wedding I officiated had the ceremony in a grassy area. The reception under the redwood trees. And the cocktail hour by the pool.

This level is set for dinner beneath the redwoods.

Before the wedding, the bride, groom, and bridal party got ready in the bridal suite and the groom’s suite. That makes it easy to spend the whole day on the grounds.

A winding stone path. What magic waits at the end?

Packages and Pricing

Rosie and Pat offer three-day, one-day, and elopement wedding packages. These range in price from $6,950 for up to 30 guests (three day) to $2,900 for 20 guests (elopement package); adding $30 for each additional guest. Check the website for up-to-date pricing.

A made-to-order pie at Zulu in the Barlow

What to do in Sebastapol

If you’re concerned about what your guests coming in from far might do for the weekend, I can assure you they will not be bored. They could join in the county’s main attraction and taste wine from vineyards scattered about. And there is also the city of Sevastopol, which is quite cute.

My boyfriend and I checked out downtown Sebastopol following the ceremony. We headed to the Barlow, a formally industrial area that has been adaptively redeveloped into shops and restaurants. We enjoyed an amazing meal at Zulu — a bit of a splurge but worth every penny! Afterwards we took a walk through the nature preserve. If we weren’t so tired, we would have caught a late evening movie. Altogether, a lovely town.

A view at Laguna Wetlands Wetlands Preserve in Sebastapol, California
Here is a short excerpt from the ceremony at Redwood Hill Gardens.